Burgundy Harvest Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Burgundy
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Two
  • Price From: $5295
  • Single Supplement: $775


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Michelin Star Icon-01The bounty of Burgundy is ripe for the picking on this bike tour, aptly timed to take advantage of the region’s robust harvest season. Ride through an early-fall landscape of fiery red and gold vineyards, brilliant beneath the September sun. Lend a hand in the harvest at three world-famous domaines where you’ll meet winemakers, pitch in to pick grapes, and lunch in the vines with the workers behind every bottle. Pedal past fields of swaying wheat, then transform it into fresh, fragrant loaves as you bake bread at a restored mill in Auxey-Duresses. Find the treasures hidden beneath oak trees on a truffle hunt that kicks off France’s fall truffle season and taste seasonal flavors at Michelin restaurants and in tasting rooms from Gevrey-Chambertin to Beaune and beyond.


Tour by Day

Day One: Tonsures and Truffles
Your guides will greet you at the train station in Dijon and whisk you to the 12th-century Abbaye de la Bussière, the starting point for our immersion into Burgundy’s harvest landscape. We begin with a toast to the monks who cultivated winemaking in this region before our first slow, scenic spin into the Cote d’Or vineyards, flush with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Arrive in Nuits-Saint-George, an essential wine-producing village, where we’ll set aside our bikes in favor of a Burgundian tradition: the truffle hunt. Meet Thierry and Elfe, his dog, who lead us in pursuit of the Burgundy black truffles hidden beneath the soil in the surrounding forests. This evening, gather for a glass of wine before dining in the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin. 

Meals: Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: La Bussière-sur-Ouche, Messanges, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin
Accomplished: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 450 meters (Longer option: 22 miles / 35 km)
Accommodations: La Rôtisserie du Chambertin

Day Two: Le Route des Grands Crus
After a short morning ride through some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards, we come to Clos de Vougeot, birthplace of Burgundy’s Grand Crus, where we take a deep dive into the region’s rich viticulture history. Pedal on through the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits’ rolling hills, bright-yellow canola fields, and pastures of native Charolais cows. Descend into Gevrey-Chambertin to taste the town’s powerful red wines—said to Napoleon’s favorite. An unforgettable lunch is prepared by our friend and winemaker Christine Drouhin, paired with her own exceptional wines. Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and participate in the grape harvest before a well-earned rest at the hotel or an extra ride towards the Abbaye de Cîteaux, a famous cheese producer. Tonight we dine at one of our favorite local restaurants in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Chamboeuf, Clémencey, Ternant, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-Saint-Denis
Accomplished: 18 miles / 30 km, elevation gain: 405 meters (Longer option: 40 miles / 65 km)
Accommodations: La Rôtisserie du Chambertin

Day Three: Vineyards of the Côte de Nuits
A typical French breakfast of fresh croissants fuels us up to discover the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits. Ride on tranquil roads past the renowned Domaine de la Romanée Conti and through Corton-Charlemagne, which shares its name with the French king who loved the area’s vineyards. Burgundy’s beautiful tiled roofs point the way to Savigny-les-Beaune, where we join Nicholas, another vigneron, at his Maison Harbour. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading into the vines to help Nick with the harvest, then round out your day with an extra ride into the Côte de Beaune or a quick transfer, if you prefer. After settling into Le Cep hotel, you guides take you out in Beaune for a true Burgundian affair.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Beaune
Accomplished: 16 miles / 36 km, elevation gain: 254 meters (Longer option: 34 miles / 55 km)
Accommodations: Le Cep

Day Four: Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Loop
Today’s ride begins in Beaune and brings us into the picturesque villages of the Burgundian countryside: La Rochepot with its storybook château, the charming hamlet of Orches, and the medieval town of Nolay, nestled between cliffs and vineyards. At Domaine Jessiaume in Santenay, we lunch with grape pickers before joining them in the field for a hands-on perspective of the harvest, plucking ripe bunches off the vine. Get lost in the Domaine’s labyrinthine cellars, then opt for a van transfer to Le Cep or ride back to Beaune by way of Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Tonight, take a stroll in the historical town, chat with the locals, and choose one of Beaune’s many excellent restaurants for dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Saint-Romain, Orches, La Rochepot, Saint-Aubin, Nolay, Santenay, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault
Accomplished: 32 miles / 53 km, elevation gain: 480 meters
Accommodations: Le Cep

Day Five: Nothing but Bread and Wine
The hotel’s 16th-century courtyard is the backdrop for breakfast this morning. Prepare for an enchanting spin through Pommard, Volnay, and more vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. At our friend Tom’s mill and lodge, bake bread from scratch and learn to savor every comforting whiff and warm, chewy bite. Continue cycling the wine route towards 13th-century Château de la Rochepot and Chassagne-Montrachet, where we hop off our bikes for a wine tasting. Back in Beaune this evening, our farewell dinner will be a Burgundian feast to remember in a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet
Accomplished: 24 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 342 meters
Accommodations: Le Cep

Day Six: Au Revoir
Eat your fill of French pastry during one last breakfast in Le Cep’s courtyard and finish the week with a final stroll in Beaune to see the Hôtel-Dieu, a free hospital built in 1443 by the chancellor of Burgundy and a famous example of 15th-century French architecture. Your guides will bid you farewell at the Dijon train station before you continue to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast